February 3, 2022
FATHER MARK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Don’t forget our Parish Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, February 6th at 11:30 A.M. We will gather together both in-person in the parish hall and online using Zoom to discuss the accomplishments, challenges, and blessings of the past year, elect a slate of Vestry Members and Wardens, and look forward to the amazing possibilities of 2023. This is a year unlike others – a year in which you will choose and call your next Rector and move forward together into God’s continuing mission for this historic parish. Your Search Committee will be giving an update on the process and answering questions. Below is the Zoom link for anyone joining us online. I hope you can be with us for these important conversations.
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Meeting ID: 985 9858 3494
2. On a related topic, one of the most important and time-consuming tasks of a Search is putting together the Parish Profile – a snapshot of the parish, its history, its people, its hopes and dreams, and its sense of who God is calling it to be. The St. Francis Parish Profile is complete and is now being used by the diocesan staff to find and review potential candidates. You can view the profile on our website www.saintf.org.
3. Lent is officially 4 weeks away! Here are the offerings we will add to our common life this season:
a. I will be using the Lenten Devotional “Rise,” by John Pavlovitz. You can purchase it for $6.99 at Amazon or wherever you get your books. There will not be a weekly meeting to discuss, but if you would like to join me, this is what I will be using in my daily devotions.
b. Sunday evenings starting 3/6 at 8:00 P.M. I will lead a ZOOM online Compline service. More information to come including a link to join, but just a heads-up for now. Compline is a short liturgy meant to be used by individuals and groups at the close of the day. It is beautiful and I look forward to sharing this time with you as we end our weeks during Lent. c. COVID protocols permitting, we will hold Wednesday evening Soup Suppers and Stations of the Cross. Each Wednesday 3/9-4/4 we will gather in the parish hall at 5:30 P.M. and share a simple meal (sign-up sheet in the parish hall) followed by Stations of the Cross in the sanctuary where we will remember 14 scenes from the Passion of Jesus Christ and live into those sacred moments in prayer and contemplation. You don’t have to sign-up to participate, only if you will be bringing food.
Karen Mecklem February 6
Robert Manasek February 9
Diane Eskam February 10
Barbara Williams February 10
Prayer Requests ** Please make sure your request is received by Wednesday of each week. You may call (308) 632-4626 (leave a message), email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
St. Francis Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 1201
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Forward Day by Day Booklets
We have the Forward Day by Day’s for February-March in regular and large print. If you would like any of these mailed to you, please email or call the church.
Rev. Erin Rath
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